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The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War (1974)

by Robert Cormier

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I love Cormier's books because they're from a different time period, when writing disturbing books for young adults was majorly frowned up, but he still did it. I was surprised, then, when this book was so slow to start. It's about the social lives of boys at a Catholic prep school, but centers around an annual fundraiser of selling chocolates. The characters are compelling, as Cormier's always are, but a lot of them are thrown at you, with fairly elaborate back stories for each. It's not clear how they fit together until close to the end - even then, many story lines are left hanging, which always leaves me wanting more. The book does pick up and get a little edgier by the end, but overall it is not one I'd recommend to get to know Cormier's style. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
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  Lorem | Sep 4, 2015 |
ALA BBYA; RGG: Often included in Middle School Language Arts curriculums--portrayal of adolescent culture at a small boys parochial high school. Narrated by several individual characters, twisting plot lines, very dark.
  rgruberhighschool | May 1, 2015 |
Not really impressed. The dialog is laughably outdated. The plot wasn't nearly as intense or intriguing as the summary made it out to be. None of the characters were interesting. It just really didn't hold my interest at all. It's basically a hyperbolic cautionary-tale about peer pressure. ( )
  benuathanasia | Apr 1, 2015 |
This particular work tries very hard to be the next Lord of the Flies but fails miserably. Too much of it is bogged down in unnecessary shifting from one character after another until the reader gets so lost that the story dies with a whimper. None of the characters are even worth the time to try to engage in since the writer writes like one does a weekly newspaper article describing happenings in a local school...oh right, the writer is a newspaper journalist which tells you he needs to stick with newspapers & not bother with boring the reader out of one's mind. ( )
  walterhistory | Feb 17, 2015 |
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Robert Cormierprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flieger, RainerIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muller, FrankNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taler, FriedrichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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They murdered him.
In bed once more, Jerry lay without moving, trying to summon sleep. Listening to his father's snores, he thought of how his father was actually sleeping his life away, sleeping even when he was awake, not really alive. And how about me? What was it the guy on the Common had said the other day, his chin resting on the Volkswagen like some grotesque John the Baptist? You're missing a lot of things in the world.
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A young adult novel set in a parochial school. Jerry Renault does not want to participate in the school's chocolate sales. The headmaster, who has reasons of his own to want the sale to be successful, calls in the school's gang and asks them to put pressure on Jerry to make him conform. The results are catastrophic.
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Does Jerry Renault dare to disturb the universe? You wouldn't think that his refusal to sell chocolates during his school's fundraiser would create such a stir, but it does; it's as if the whole school comes apart at the seams. To some, Jerry is a hero, but to others, he becomes a scapegoat--a target for their pent-up hatred. And Jerry? He's just trying to stand up for what he believes, but perhaps there is no way for him to escape becoming a pawn in this game of control; students are pitted against other students, fighting for honor--or are they fighting for their lives? In 1974, author Robert Cormier dared to disturb our universe when this book was first published. And now, with a new introduction by the celebrated author, The Chocolate War stands ready to shock a new group of teen readers.

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A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

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